Bacteria-laden "Family Mask” removed from sale, two arrested

Local | 28 Jan 2021 2:18 pm

A Hong Kong-made, face mask tainted with bacteria exceeding safety limits by 12.5 times has been withdrawn from sale in Hong Kong.

Customs seized a total of 1,500 pieces of face mask with an estimated market value of HK$4,500, branded Family Mask, made in a dust-free factory room in Kowloon. The masks were packed in bags of five each and were labeled “season limited edition” and marked as having ”ASTM Level 3”.

The total bacterial count of the sample of the mask exceeded the maximum permitted limit by about 12.5 times, in breach of the Consumer Goods Safety Ordinance.

Customs had tested the other masks produced by the same brand and had not found any other violations.

A 56-year-old director of the supplier and a 47-year-old manager of a retail chain store was arrested and released on bail pending further investigation, Customs said. 

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